1. Unit and Chief Administrative Officer
School of Library and Information Science (SLIS)
Debora Shaw, Dean and Professor
2. Parent Institution, Chief Executive, and Chief Academic Officer
Michael A. McRobbie, President
Lauren Robel, Interim Provost of the Bloomington Campus
[Dean Shaw reports to the Provost]
3. Accrediting Agency for the Parent Institution
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
4. Name and brief description of programs
Master of Library Science
The Master of Library Science (MLS) is a 36-graduate-credit-hour program designed to meet the challenges of our profession. Students in the program are introduced to the roles and functions of libraries in contemporary society. They become familiar with key policy issues and technological trends, and with how these issues and trends affect libraries and information centers of all kinds. Students learn to manage and evaluate collections, respond to the information needs of patrons, and use technology to improve access to information. Students who complete the program are prepared for careers in library administration, public services, technical services, reference services, and collection development at public, school, academic, and special libraries. The MLS is offered on Indiana University’s Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. The number of graduates each year is typically about 130 in Bloomington and a bit above 100 in Indianapolis.
Master of Information
The Master of Information Science (MIS) program is a 42-graduate-credit-hour program designed to prepare students for lifelong careers in designing, managing, and consulting about information and communication technologies (ICT) and services in public, corporate, and nonprofit settings. The program couples best practices training in the management and use of ICT with exposure to current information management and systems research; there is a strong emphasis on essential career development skills including written and oral communication, team building, analysis, and critical thinking that are necessary for assuming management positions in business, nonprofit, academic, and government organizations. The MIS is offered on the Bloomington campus; typically about 25 students graduate each year.
Indiana University has offered library science education since 1930. The master’s degree in library science has been continually accredited by the American Library Association since 1951/52; the information science master’s degree since its introduction in 1995. The content and delivery of these programs have changed remarkably over these decades, but the school’s commitment to professional education that educates and prepares students as they prepare to become leaders in the field is a reliable constant. The regular opportunities to report to the ALA on the programs’ developments provide an interesting time line of how the education of information professionals continues to evolve.
In 1951 the Master of Arts with a major in library science was offered by the Division of Library Science in the School of Education. In 1966 the School of Education relinquished control of the program and the university created the Graduate Library School; in 1980 the school was officially renamed the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). The delivery of master’s degree programs has also evolved with the times. State-wide interest in the 1970s encouraged the school to offer courses on seven of Indiana University’s eight campuses (only Kokomo was omitted) and in Cincinnati, Ohio. This attempt to cover the map was scaled back so that the school could offer more robust programs in fewer locations – leading to today’s configuration: a fully supported Master of Library Science (MLS) program offered in Bloomington and Indianapolis, with distance education options, and the equally well supported Master of Information Science (MIS) in Bloomington.
As of fall 2011, the school has 24 full-time faculty members, eight of whom are appointed on the Indianapolis campus and 16 on the Bloomington campus.
Preparation of Program Presentation
This Program Presentation is the result of discussion and collaboration involving all tenured and tenure-track faculty members, several adjunct faculty, the dean, associate deans, and various members of the administrative staff and the student body on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. The Steering Group oversaw the work of the six committees dealing with each of the standards: Debora Shaw (Dean), Tomas Lipinski (Executive Associate Dean SLIS Indianapolis), and Pnina Fichman (Associate Professor, SLIS Bloomington). Blaise Cronin (Professor SLIS Bloomington) chaired the Steering Group while he was Dean of the School.
• Standard I: Mission, Goals, and Objectives
Jean Preer (Chair, Professor, SLIS Indianapolis), Cassidy Sugimoto (Assistant Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Oliver Chen (Associate Professor, SLIS Indianapolis), Staša Milojević (Assistant Professor, SLIS Bloomington)
• Standard II: Curriculum
Noriko Hara (Chair, Associate Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Marilyn Irwin (Associate Professor, SLIS Indianapolis), Ron Day (Associate Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Joel Silver (Curator of Books, Lilly Library), Cynthia Geiger (MIS and MLS dual degree student, SLIS Bloomington)
• Standard III: Faculty
Hamid Ekbia (Chair, Associate Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Susan Herring (Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Alice Robbin (Associate Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Andrea Copeland (Assistant Professor, SLIS Indianapolis)
• Standard IV: Students
Rachel Applegate (Chair, Associate Professor, SLIS Indianapolis), Rhonda Spencer (Director of Admissions and Placement, SLIS Bloomington), Elin Jacob (Associate Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Ying Ding (Assistant Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Phil Bantin (Director, IU Archives), Barbara Albee (Lecturer, SLIS Indianapolis), Crystal Wagner (MLS student, SLIS Indianapolis)
• Standard V: Administration and Financial Support
Howard Rosenbaum (Chair, Associate Dean, SLIS Bloomington), Sarah Burton (Director of Finance and Administration, SLIS Bloomington), Katherine Schilling (Associate Professor, SLIS Indianapolis), Carol Choksy (Lecturer, SLIS- Bloomington and SLIS Indianapolis), Melanie Hollcraft (Director of Finance, SLIS Indianapolis)
• Standard VI: Physical Resources and Facilities
Katy Börner (Chair, Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Mark Napier (Director of Information Technology, SLIS Bloomington), Jingfeng Xia (Assistant Professor, SLIS Indianapolis), John Walsh (Assistant Professor, SLIS Bloomington), Annette Lamb (Senior Lecturer, SLIS Indianapolis), Xiaozhong Liu (Assistant Professor, SLIS Bloomington)
A series of meetings and other special activities guided the preparation:
• Preliminary design work for the Program Presentation began in summer 2010.
• The faculty and administrative staff held a mini retreat in fall 2010 to discuss preparations for the next reaccreditation exercise and to define the elements of the Plan for Program Presentation.
• The Program Presentation has been on the agenda of the School’s faculty meetings and several Faculty Policy Council meetings since fall 2010.
• The committees for each of the standards met and drafted sections of the presentation in fall 2010 and spring 2011.
• The faculty and administrative staff mini retreat on March 30, 2011 reviewed initial outlines.
• The School’s Alumni Board, members of which are drawn from across the country, has provided input and advice in all its meetings since fall 2010.
• SLIS alumni have contributed to discussion of the program goals and objectives in particular, as well as the entire program presentation.
• MLS and MIS Advisory Boards provided feedback and suggestions during spring 2011.
• Professionals who have supervised internships and hired SLIS graduates have provided feedback and suggestions throughout the preparation.
• Faculty have provided ongoing review of the Program Presentation.
• Faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, current students, student organizations, alumni, and friends reviewed the January 2012 version and provided corrections and additional suggestions.
Changes Since Previous Review
Correspondence with the Committee on Accreditation since 2005 has focused on four topics. Each of these is addressed at various points in the program presentation. For convenience, the relevant developments are:
The SLIS faculty approved a yearly planning cycle in 2007 and a five-year strategic plan in 2009. The Planning Timetable, formulated by the Long Range Planning Committee, includes several mechanisms to collect advice and concerns from faculty, students, alumni, members of the profession, and anyone else interested in the school. SLIS administrators provide annual reports on the indicators of progress outlined in the strategic plan. (Chapter I discusses the development and implementation of the planning process; Chapter II describes curricular developments guided by that process.)
School of Informatics and Computing
- Impact on MIS Degree
A 2006 review of the School of Informatics noted potential misunderstanding about the options for studying information and technology at Indiana University. The campus website’s listing of academic majors presents the prospective students with the various options and links to program websites for more information.
The School of Informatics provided additional disambiguation when it changed its name to School of Informatics and Computing in 2009. Adding “and Computing” helps to distinguish it and its programs from the School of Library and Information Science. SLIS faculty members continue to collaborate with colleagues from the School of Informatics and Computing and several other academic units, making the most of opportunities for interdisciplinary research that a university affords (see Chapter III).
SLIS faculty members represent quite a range of academic perspectives and cultural backgrounds (Table 3.1, Full time, tenured and tenure-track faculty; Table 3.5, Country of origin of current full time faculty; Table 3.6, Current full time faculty by gender and campus). The cultural diversity among SLIS students is increased by the intentional delivery of courses to place-bound students in urban locations; SLIS has also benefited from the IMLS-funded Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) project (see Chapter IV, section Nature of the Student Body).
Faculty/Student Numbers and
The number of SLIS faculty has increased slightly (one additional position in Indianapolis) since the 2005 review. Experienced and highly-regarded information professionals whom SLIS employs part time to teach and direct specialized programs provide valuable additional support (see Table 3.2). These program directors and lecturers are especially helpful advising students and also in keeping the specialization areas up-to-date with ongoing changes in the field. Two developments also support students in choosing appropriate plans of study: making example career paths, with recommended courses, available on the SLIS website (see Chapter II, Student Advising) and renumbering SLIS courses to make explicit which are foundational and advanced courses, and their interconnections (see Chapter II. Developing New Courses, Renaming and Removing Courses from the Curriculum).
Indiana University is committed to professional education, as is evident in its schools of business, dentistry, education, health and physical education, informatics and computing, journalism, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, public and environmental affairs, and social work. The School of Library and Information Science reflects the university’s commitment to research and to broad access to education. Even though the school’s footprint on various campuses has changed over the years, the faculty have pursued academic excellence and prepared SLIS graduates for careers as capable, adaptive leaders in the evolving landscape of the information professions.